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Old 1st January 2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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Arrow Kick-Start your Spanish! Our Report, your Ideas.

Marina and I have come up with a 9 page free report on ways to kick-start your Spanish learning.

It's gone out to all our newsletter subscribers, and if that doesn't include you, then don't worry - just subscribe to our Newsletter now via the front page of NotesinSpanish.com and you will also get to download a copy of the report.

In the meantime, here is a summary of the main points:

Our 8 Top Tips for Kick-Starting your Spanish in the New Year:

1. If learning Spanish gets boring, change how you are learning it immediately!

2. If you get a teacher, make sure that teacher is GREAT!

3. Align your Spanish learning with your interests - find Spanish websites, magazines, forums etc that cover your hobbies or pastimes and join in.

4. Improvise and mix it up a bit (don’t just study grammar all day, use your Spanish creatively too!)

5. Love your favourite Spanish phrases and keep looking for more!

6. Plan a trip to a Spanish-speaking country soon.

7. Set short-term goals and don’t agobiar (stress) yourself.

8. Make a little time for Spanish every day.

For a full explanation of each point, and links to example resources, sign up for our newsletter on the front page of notesinspanish.com, and get the full report.

What can you add to the list? What would be your top tip for kick-starting your Spanish in 2008?

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Old 1st January 2008, 07:48 PM   #2
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High on my list would be to get a skype (or similar) partner, preferably more than one, and meet to chat as often as you can. I think it's an invaluable learning tool, and best of all, it's free!
Agree with selecting a great Spanish teacher, but living where I am, and after having spent many years without any teacher, I'm grateful for the one I have, a lot of us don't really have any choice. And of course, if you can't find one, a skype partner is a great substitute
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Old 1st January 2008, 08:46 PM   #3
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Hej Ben,

considering point 3 of your list, do you (or perhaps Marina) know of any good spanish magazin on informatics and/or programation that can be read online?

Thanks, André
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Old 1st January 2008, 09:09 PM   #4
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know of any good spanish magazin on informatics and/or programation that can be read online?

Thanks, André
Hola André,
Here are some blogs that might be of interest to you:
http://www.microsiervos.com/
http://daviddelprado.blogspot.com/
http://tecnicoenlaplata.blogspot.com/
http://eldestornillador.wordpress.com/
http://soportetonto.blogspot.com/

Good luck!
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Old 1st January 2008, 10:29 PM   #5
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Hello Marina, hello Ben,
first of all, I wish you a happy new year of 2008!

Thanks a lot for your top-tips-list. There are some good and new ideas. I also can recommend a funny way to listen to the audioblogs of NIS: I have bought me a MP3-Player with a storeage of 6 GB. I can put a lot of audio-files in it. I do jogging 2 or 3 times a week for 1:30 or 2 hours. Its lot of time to listen to the great dialogues of Ben and Marina. I do the same when I go with my bike somerwhere. I like to move and listen at the same time. I can better concentrate myself to the dialogues. Mybe an ideas for others too?
Greetings
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Old 1st January 2008, 11:00 PM   #6
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juergen-- i do the same when i work out in the gym. sometimes conversations make the time go by faster than workouts.
..und ich wuensche dir einen guten rutsch ins neue jahr!
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Old 7th March 2008, 01:06 PM   #7
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Hello Marina, hello Ben,
first of all, I wish you a happy new year of 2008!

Thanks a lot for your top-tips-list. There are some good and new ideas. I also can recommend a funny way to listen to the audioblogs of NIS: I have bought me a MP3-Player with a storeage of 6 GB. I can put a lot of audio-files in it. I do jogging 2 or 3 times a week for 1:30 or 2 hours. Its lot of time to listen to the great dialogues of Ben and Marina. I do the same when I go with my bike somerwhere. I like to move and listen at the same time. I can better concentrate myself to the dialogues. Mybe an ideas for others too?
Greetings
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hi jürgen.ı'm new in this forum.You can help me how I improve my spanish what I have to do.my e-mail address alegre_guia let's see byee...
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Old 2nd January 2008, 01:24 AM   #8
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What would be your top tip for kick-starting your Spanish in 2008?
Just throw your damned ego out the window - together with the old year.
Don your BOLD suit
and...dive in!
Be fearless. The only one judging you - is YOU. So please STOP!
Find some great intercambios - which will do wonders to improve both your listening and your speaking skills.
Use the forum to develop your writing ability.
Don't be shy or allow yourself to feel intimidated. Remember: We've all been beginners once and can only empathise with and appreciate any and all efforts that you make.
So - stop lurking. Don't hesitate. Come and talk to us now - in Spanish!
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Old 7th February 2008, 01:03 PM   #9
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Don't be discouraged by the tapes in language courses. The only decent ones I ever found were the Ealing course in German. Sadly, the Spanish Ealing course is now unavailable, more's the pity. Unlike all the others I tried, the Ealing was crisp, elegant German with the words spoken precisely, unlike the dialect ridden others where they managed to gabble and mumble at the same time.

Same went for French and Japanese. Even the Japanese teacher burst out laughing at it.
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Old 20th February 2008, 12:59 PM   #10
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No estoy a la altura de esa tarea. Hoy que buscarle el lado flaco otra vez.

Grupo etario - es mucho pedir.

Cribbed from Barron's Spanish Idioms.

Still following the references in the Kick-Start document. That's my task for this year.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 08:31 AM   #11
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Saludos~

I listen regularly to the Advanced and Intermediate podcasts--I really enjoy them and find them quite useful. I want to keep up my ear for Spanish, so I'm looking for other ways to do so. En particular, llevo mucho tiempo buscando un programa de radio español que me gusta (osea, de España, en castellano)--algo parecido a NPR, National Public Radio, aquí en EEUU (or the BBC radio broadcasts). Hay algo parecido en España? Con noticias, entrevistas, discusiónes de política mundial, nacional, etc.?
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Old 3rd May 2008, 09:18 AM   #12
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Saludos~

I listen regularly to the Advanced and Intermediate podcasts--I really enjoy them and find them quite useful. I want to keep up my ear for Spanish, so I'm looking for other ways to do so. En particular, llevo mucho tiempo buscando un programa de radio español que me gusta (osea, de España, en castellano)--algo parecido a NPR, National Public Radio, aquí en EEUU (or the BBC radio broadcasts). Hay algo parecido en España? Con noticias, entrevistas, discusiónes de política mundial, nacional, etc.?
There are plenty to choose from. You can either download the audio directly from these radio stations' web sites or you can look for their individual programs on iTunes under the podcast category.

Spain:
www.cadenaser.com/
www.rne.es/
www.ondacero.com/

Latin American accents:
BBC Mundo: www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/mh/
NPR-RNW La Matinal: www.informarn.nl/
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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:40 PM   #13
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llevo mucho tiempo buscando un programa de radio español que me gusta (osea, de España, en castellano)--algo parecido a NPR, National Public Radio, aquí en EEUU (or the BBC radio broadcasts). Hay algo parecido en España? Con noticias, entrevistas, discusiónes de política mundial, nacional, etc.?
Yo, también, soy una aficionada loyal de NPR y por eso creo que entiendo el contexto y la frustración atrás de tu pregunta. Así te sugiero que:
Añada a la lista excelente de Beckett (en el post anterior) otro podcast que se llama "Canadá en las Américas" (puedes encontrarlo en ITunes) y además - si quieres un canal de televisión parecido al BBC o PBS - el siguiente es maravilloso:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/99624/LangMag-VMe

No sé donde vives en EE.UU o si está disponible el canal V-Me (el nombre es un chiste que significa: ¡Veme!) en tu barrio; puedes llamar tu canal local de PBS (de hecho, V-me es transmitido a través de el) para preguntarles si está disponible este canal en tu localidad particular. ¡Vale la pena! Te lo recomiendo absolutamente.
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Old 3rd May 2008, 05:51 PM   #14
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Cuando haces clic en el enlace en mi mensaje arriba, es necesario "scroll down" al lado del artículo que parece encima del blog - para leerlo.
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Old 7th May 2008, 06:13 PM   #15
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I left my language school, because it was to theoretical.
My teacher was not inspiring me. Yesterday I went to another school.
And I love it, I really love it. I listened and spoke Spanish for 4 hours
All the time I was thinking I was stupid, bud it was the method that did not fit me.

Thanx Ben and Marina, You inspired me to change school.
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Old 7th May 2008, 07:25 PM   #16
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Great news Mick. A lot of people often don't have the courage to change when they really should.
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Old 12th September 2008, 03:42 AM   #17
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Hay frases que solo se habla en Espana y no en Latin America? Hay una posibilidad que la gente en America Latina comprenderia la misma frase diferente? En el libro de frases, hay una distincion entre los paises?

Por favor, correct my spanish. This is hard!!
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Old 2nd July 2009, 06:31 AM   #18
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Hay frases que solo se hablan en Espana y no en Latin America? Es posible que la gente en Latinamérica [mejor: tenga sentidos diferentes que los españoles para las mismas palabras?] En el libro de frases, hay una distincion entre los paises?

Por favor, correct my spanish. This is hard!!


To answer your question there are many phrases that have different meanings in Latin America and in Spain, especially slang. De hecho, todos los países entre latinamérica tienen sus propias expresiones. Por eso es muy dificil. Recomiendo que elijas un país y que intentes conocer las expresiones que se usan allí antes de que empieces con otro país. Para aprender estas expresiones, puedes ver programas de tele y leer revistas, y cuando encuentres expresiones que no conoces, puedes buscar y preguntar en el foro de wordreference.com

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Es MUY importante conocer esas diferentes expresiones, puesto que una palabra que en cierto pais puede ser aceptada, en otro puede ser un insulto u otra palabra desagradable.
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Es MUY importante conocer esas diferentes expresiones, puesto que una palabra que en cierto pais puede ser aceptada, en otro puede ser un insulto u otra palabra desagradable.
Sí, es importante que se coja bien.
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